Information’17 Paper: Investigating the Statistical Distribution of Learning Coverage in MOOCs

Investigating the Statistical Distribution of Learning Coverage in MOOCs, Xiu Li, Chang Men, Zhihui Du, Jason Liu, Manli Li, and Xiaolei Zhang. Information 2017, 8(4), 153; doi:10.3390/info8040150 – 20 November 2017. [paper]

Abstract

Learners participating in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) have a wide range of backgrounds and motivations. Many MOOC learners enroll in the courses to take a brief look; only a few go through the entire content, and even fewer are able to eventually obtain a certificate. We discovered this phenomenon after having examined 92 courses on both xuetangX and edX platforms. More specifically, we found that the learning coverage in many courses—one of the metrics used to estimate the learners’ active engagement with the online courses—observes a Zipf distribution. We apply the maximum likelihood estimation method to fit the Zipf’s law and test our hypothesis using a chi-square test. In the xuetangX dataset, the learning coverage in 53 of 76 courses fits Zipf’s law, but in all of 16 courses on the edX platform, the learning coverage rejects the Zipf’s law. The result from our study is expected to bring insight to the unique learning behavior on MOOC.

Bibtex

@Article{info8040150,
AUTHOR = {Li, Xiu and Men, Chang and Du, Zhihui and Liu, Jason and Li, Manli and Zhang, Xiaolei},
TITLE = {Investigating the Statistical Distribution of Learning Coverage in MOOCs},
JOURNAL = {Information},
VOLUME = {8},
YEAR = {2017},
NUMBER = {4},
ARTICLE NUMBER = {150},
URL = {http://www.mdpi.com/2078-2489/8/4/150},
ISSN = {2078-2489},
DOI = {10.3390/info8040150}
}

BigData’17 Paper: Light Curve Anomaly Detection

Real-Time Anomaly Detection of Short Time-Scale GWAC Survey Light Curves, Tianzhi Feng, Zhihui Du, Yankui Sun, Jianyan Wei, Jing Bi, and Jason Liu. In Proceedings of 6th IEEE International Congress on Big Data, June 2017. [paper]

Abstract

Ground-based Wide-Angle Camera array (GWAC) is a short time-scale survey telescope that can take images covering a field of view of over 5,000 square degrees every 15 seconds or even shorter. One scientific missions of GWAC is to accurately and quickly detect anomaly astronomical events. For that, a huge amount of data must be handled in real time. In this paper, we propose a new time series analysis model, called DARIMA (or Dynamic Auto-Regressive Integrated Moving Average), to identify the anomaly events that occur in light curves obtained from GWAC as early as possible with high degree of confidence. A major advantage of DARIMA is that it can dynamically adjust its model parameters during the real-time processing of the time series data. We identify the anomaly points based on the weighted prediction result of different time windows to improve accuracy. Experimental results using real survey data show that the DARIMA model can identify the first anomaly point for all light curves. We also evaluate our model with simulated anomaly events of various types embedded in the real time series data. The DARIMA model is able to generate the early warning triggers for all of them. The results from the experiments demonstrate that the proposed DARIMA model is a promising method for real-time anomaly detection of short time-scale GWAC light curves.

Bibtex

@INPROCEEDINGS{bd17-lightcurve, 
author={Tianzhi Feng and Zhihui Du and Yankui Sun and Jianyan Wei and Jing Bi and Jason Liu},
booktitle={2017 IEEE International Congress on Big Data (BigData Congress)}, 
title={Real-Time Anomaly Detection of Short-Time-Scale GWAC Survey Light Curves}, 
pages={224-231}, 
month={June},
year={2017}
}

ICBDA’17 Paper: MOOC Learning Zipf Law

Zipf’s Law in MOOC Learning Behavior, Chang Men, Xiu Li, Zhihui Du, Jason Liu, Manli Li, and Xiaolei Zhang. In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Conference on Big Data Analysis (ICBDA 2017), March 2017. [paper]

Abstract

Learners participating in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) have a wide range of backgrounds and motivations. Many MOOC learners sign up the courses to take a brief look; only a few go through the entire content, and even fewer are able to eventually obtain a certificate. We discovered this phenomenon after having examined 76 courses on the xuetangX platform. More specifically, we found that in many courses the learning coverage—one of the metrics used to estimate the learners’ active engagement with the online courses—observes a Zipf distribution. We apply the maximum likelihood estimation method to fit the Zipf’s law and test our hypothesis using a chi-square test. The result from our study is expected to bring insight to the unique learning behavior on MOOC and thus help improve the effectiveness of MOOC learning platforms and the design of courses.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{mooczipf,
title = {Zipf’s Law in MOOC Learning Behavior},
author = {Chang Men and Xiu Li and Zhihui Du and Jason Liu and Manli Li and Xiaolei Zhang},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Conference on Big Data Analysis (ICBDA 2017)},
month = {March},
year = {2017}
}